2020 December 28

December 28, 2020.
Three more days of Twenty- Twenty left. Three year that changed EVERYTHING. We can hope that this is the bottom and things will begin to improve. I pray there are no subfloors.

FORECAST

So Far Today 65 | 60Yesterday 75° | 52°Average 59° | 41°Mon 68° | 57° CloudyTue 68° | 62° 40% Chance Rain ShowersWed 64° | 36° ThunderstormsThu. 38° 30° 50% Chance Snow Showers

  • The revised forecast went from 30% to 50% chance of snow on Thursday. So now it is a coin toss, heads it snows – tails it rains. We’ve had about 27″ of rain this year. That’s the same as Des Moines Iowa. Compare that to Miami Florida’s 77″.
  • How common is the name of our little town of Liberty Hill?

Information from https://geotargit.com/called.php?qcity=Liberty%20Hill

“LIBERTY HILL, TX (WILLIAMSON COUNTY).Liberty Hill is on State Highway 29 in the Hill Country fifteen miles west of Georgetown and thirty-three miles northwest of Austin in Williamson County. It lies between the north and south forks of the San Gabriel River.

Among the early settlers there in the 1840s were Taylor Smith, Greenleaf Fisk, and U. H. Anderson. Families named Bryson, Poole, and Spencer arrived in the early 1850s from Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Carolinas. In 1853 a post office was opened three miles west of the present townsite. William Oliver Spencer was appointed postmaster and suggested the name Liberty Hill.The town moved eastward twice before 1882 in response to relocations of the post office and a local stage stop. When the Austin and Northwestern Railroad bypassed Liberty Hill in 1882, the settlement shifted again.Its population began to grow, and the 1884 chartering of Liberty Normal and Business College there soon added a student population as well. Nevertheless, the town remained small, never (through 1990) reporting a population of more than 500.The area’s economy during the 1980s was primarily agricultural, though local growth was increasing as workers moved to the community and commuted to jobs elsewhere. During the mid-1980s the town’s population was estimated at 300, though at that time the school enrollment there exceeded 850.In the early 1990s the community continued to report a population of 300, with fifty-five rated businesses. The population grew to 1,409 in 2000 with 134 businesses.”Liberty Hill is on State Highway 29 in the Hill Country fifteen miles west of Georgetown and thirty-three miles northwest of Austin in Williamson County. It lies between the north and south forks of the San Gabriel River.Among the early settlers there in the 1840s were Taylor Smith, Greenleaf Fisk, and U. H. Anderson. Families named Bryson, Poole, and Spencer arrived in the early 1850s from Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Carolinas. In 1853 a post office was opened three miles west of the present townsite. William Oliver Spencer was appointed postmaster and suggested the name Liberty Hill.The town moved eastward twice before 1882 in response to relocations of the post office and a local stage stop. When the Austin and Northwestern Railroad bypassed Liberty Hill in 1882, the settlement shifted again.Its population began to grow, and the 1884 chartering of Liberty Normal and Business College there soon added a student population as well. Nevertheless, the town remained small, never (through 1990) reporting a population of more than 500.The area’s economy during the 1980s was primarily agricultural, though local growth was increasing as workers moved to the community and commuted to jobs elsewhere. During the mid-1980s the town’s population was estimated at 300, though at that time the school enrollment there exceeded 850.In the early 1990s the community continued to report a population of 300, with fifty-five rated businesses. The population grew to 1,409 in 2000 with 134 businesses.”

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/liberty-hill-tx-williamson-county#:~:text=Families%20named%20Bryson%2C%20Poole%2C%20and,suggested%20the%20name%20Liberty%20Hill.
  • The Information above tells HOW Liberty Hill became named Liberty Hill. However, I want to know WHY it was named Liberty Hill. I’ve heard two vastly different stories.
  • 1. That either the founding families or the post master came from Liberty Hill South Carolina.
  • 2. There is some story about freed slaves, but the person who told me this was unsure as to the details or truth of the story.
  • Unfortunately, the local city council had no information and the local library is closed until further notice due to the pandemic.
  • I have been unable to locate information from either the 2010 or 2020 Federal Censuses

You remember that i purchased an eleven plus pound brisket? Well, I spent all afternoon cooking it. I seasoned it, pressure cooked it, air fried it and pressure cooked it some more. I sliced off three good size chunks that Ella took to neighbors. Ella and I ate some for a late lunch/ early supper. I put everything back in the Instapot on slow cook overnight. I’m going to get it tender somehow. I just hope it doesn’t them to soup first.So that’s where the sun has been hiding all day. That’s the first I’ve seen of it. Gotta admit, it made for a beautiful sunset.

  • All content (except quotations) ©2020 Thomas E. Williams

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